Keewatinohk Converter Station
The BiPole III Transmission Reliability Project involves Manitoba Hydro’s Riel & Keewatinohk Converter stations located near Winnipeg and Gillam, Manitoba. The scope includes design, supply, construction, installation and commissioning of HVDC Converter Equipment, at the Riel and Keewatinohk Stations.
The Keewatinohk Converter Station (KCS) consists of five (5) 299.5 MVA, three phase, two winding Wye Converter 500kV Transformers and five (5) 299.5 MVA, three phase, two winding Delta Converter 377kV Transformers. These Transformer cores weighed in at 200,000kg and with ancillary parts and oil topped out at over 350,000kg. FMI processed approximately 1,100,000 litres of oil at KCS.
Gillam Manitoba average temperatures only have 3 months a year where some form of heating and hoarding is not needed for transformer assembly and oiling.